About Us

  • City Index is one of the world leaders in spread betting (UK) and CFD trading. Established in the UK in 1983, we have grown to become a leading provider of contracts for difference, FX and spread betting. We are committed to providing a market-leading service based on fair and transparent prices, accessible technology and comprehensive customer support.

    Our offices

    As a group, we have over 400 employees worldwide and offices in the UK, Poland, Singapore, China, Dubai and Australia. We transact in excess of two million trades every month for individuals in over 50 countries worldwide.

    Our markets

    We provide consistently competitive spreads and access to thousands of global markets, including indices, shares, currencies, commodities, bonds, interest rates and more.


    City Index is a subsidiary of GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc (NYSE: GCAP), a global leader in online trading. GAIN Capital and its affiliated companies are committed to delivering competitive pricing, reliable trade execution, premium trading tools and comprehensive research to help clients succeed. As a global, publicly traded company, GAIN must meet the highest standards of corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure.

    Innovative technology

    Our innovative technology enables you to spread bet and trade CFDs from a single trading platform. Our commitment to innovate and lead prompted us to launch City Trading™ – the first downloadable spread betting and CFD trading app for the iPhone™ in 2009.

    Our history

    Over almost 30 years, City Index has grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of contracts for difference, forex and - in the UK - spread betting.

    • 1983: Established as one of the UK’s first spread betting providers
    • 2001: Launched Contracts for Difference in the UK
    • 2003: Partnership with Barclays Stockbrokers to offer our first major white label partnership
    • 2006: Acquired FX broker IFX Markets, and spread betting provider Finspreads.com to consolidate our position as one of the market leaders
    • 2006: Opened offices in Sydney, Singapore and Shanghai serving clients across the Asia Pacific region
    • 2008: Acquired FX Solutions, a US market leader in retail and white label foreign exchange services to expand our global reach across the USA and into the Middle East
    • 2009: Launched the City Index App (formerly known as City Trading™) – the first spread betting and CFD trading App for the iPhone™
    • 2010: Launched our first trading app for Android mobile
    • 2012: Launched our award-winning Trading Academy education series
    • 2014: Opened new office in Dubai

    Our awards

    We've won numerous awards over the years for our CFD and FX trading services as well as product innovation, reinforcing our position as one of the world leaders in CFD trading and margined FX. Here's a selection of our latest awards:

    • 2014: Forex Provider of the Year - UK Forex
    • 2014: Best Trading Platform - UK Forex
    • 2014: Best Spread Betting Service – Shares Magazine
    • 2014: Best Mobile & Tablet Trading App - Shares Magazine
    • 2013: Best Forex Mobile Phone & Tablet App - UK Forex
    • 2013: Best Mobile & Tablet Trading App - Shares Magazine
    • 2013: Best Use of Social Media – Money AM
    • 2012: Best Spread Betting Company - UK Forex
    • 2012: Best CFD Provider - Shares Magazine
    • 2012: Best CFD Provider - Financial Times and Investors Chronicle
    • 2011: Best Online Trading Application – Shares Magazine
    • 2011: Best Mobile Trading Platform – Money AM
    • 2010: Best Online CFD Provider – Money AM
    • 2010: Best Mobile Trading Platform – Money AM
    • 2011: Best Online Spread Betting Service – Money AM
    • 2010: Innovation of the Year (Mobile) – Financial Times and Investors Chronicle
    • 2009: Best Online CFD Provider – Money AM